ccurring in mid-July 1969, Ted Kennedy's negligence in driving, probably while intoxicated, resulted in the death of one Mary Jo Kopechne, a 28-year-old who had been riding in the car being piloted by Senator Kennedy when he ran it off a one-lane bridge and into the Chappaquiddick Island, MA waters below. From all evidence, Kennedy left Kopechne in the car to die while saving himself. That he didn't report the incident for some hours further adds to the bill of particulars against him.
Ted Kennedy got away with involuntary manslaughter, at minimum. But the Kennedy power and mystique was so strong back then that he basically skated and continued his long career in the U.S. Senate, even gaining the informal title "Lion of the Senate" for all his supposed good deeds. In truth, he was a lech and a creep and serial predator of women, none of whom could refuse the advances of such a powerful man. And he took advantage of his power and prestige at every turn, not only to enrich himself but others within his orbit.
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